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Fall Favorites

October 16, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . This time of year I’m reminded of fixing flowers for the happy second marriage of a friend because I used a native and an imported flower that are flowering right now. Both of them seem to pop...

Witch-Hazel

October 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Witch-Hazel

The name witch in witch-hazel has its origins in Middle English wiche, from the Old English wice, meaning "pliant" or "bendable", and is not related to the word witch.

White Ibis

October 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
adult white ibis

The American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) has overall white plumage, a bright red-orange down-curved bill and long legs, and black wing tips that are usually only visible in flight.

Lovebugs

October 8, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Love Bugs

The Lovebug (Plecia nearctica) is a species of march fly found in parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. It is also known as the honeymoon fly or double-headed bug. During and after mating, matured pairs remain together...

Nessus Sphinx Moth

October 7, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Nessus Sphinx Moth

The Nessus sphinx, Amphion floridensis, is a day-flying moth that lives throughout the eastern United States and Canada and occasionally south into Mexico. It is one of the more commonly encountered day-flying moths in the region, easily recognized by the two bright-yellow...

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

October 4, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Imperial Moth Caterpillar

This time of year, these horned caterpillars are quite large.

Sea Pens

October 2, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Atrina pen shell bivalves on a marine beach in Florida

A listener finds some shells on the beach at the Isle of Palms...

Pruning Boxwoods

September 25, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Although older plantings of certain boxwoods naturally acquire a billowing, undulating cloud-like shape, certain popular pruning practices can immolate that effect in some formal highly-managed...

American Woodcock

September 24, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An American Woodcock

The American woodcock (Scolopax minor), is most often found on the ground in brushy, young-forest habitats, where the its plumage provides excellent camouflage.

Fall is the Time to Plant Trees

September 21, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Trees are considered the lungs of the planet – the byproduct of photosynthesis is life sustaining oxygen. They store carbon in their tissues and cool our summer temperatures by transpiration...

Using Cold Hardiness Zone Information

September 18, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Fall, when it finally comes, is the best time to add new plants to your yard. The tags that are hanging off the branches of plants at your garden centers, or the information about plants offered...

Ringneck Snake

September 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Ringneck Snake

Diadophis punctatus, commonly known as the ring-necked snake or ringneck snake, is a harmless species of colubrid snake found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and southeastern Canada. Ring-necked snakes are secretive, nocturnal snakes, so are rarely...

Brown Anole

September 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A brown anole.

The brown anole, also known as the Bahaman anole, is a lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas.

Devil's Walking Stick

August 20, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Stalk of a Devil's Walking Stick at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, Asheville, North Carolina

This plant is in bloom along the highways and at the edges of woodlands this time of year.

The Remarkable Diversity of South Carolina's Natural Landscape

August 19, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . One of the remarkable features of our state is the incredible diversity that comes from our encompassing mountains, foothills, piedmont, sandhills and coastal plains ecosystems. Conservationists...

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